Emirates Airlines has announced an upgrade in its aircraft for flights EK127 and EK128 between Dubai and Vienna. Starting from 21 February until 30 March 2024, these flights, which were previously operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will now utilize the Airbus A380. This change, which coincides with the conclusion of the winter flight schedule, aims to increase capacity and provide more travel options.
The schedule for these flights remains unchanged, with flight EK127 departing from Dubai at 08:55hrs and arriving in Vienna at 12:25hrs. The return flight, EK128, leaves Vienna at 15:10hrs, reaching Dubai at 23:40hrs, all times being local.
Statement from Elisabeth Zauner, Emirates Austria Country Manager
The introduction of the A380 on this route means that passengers from Vienna can experience features unique to this aircraft, including First Class suites, shower spas, an onboard lounge, and a variety of international and regionally inspired cuisines. Additionally, Emirates’ in-flight entertainment system, ice, offers up to 6,500 channels of on-demand entertainment.
Elisabeth Zauner, Country Manager Emirates Austria, commented on this update: “The deployment of our A380 until the end of the winter schedule is a great milestone for us, which emphasises the importance of Vienna as a destination and as a departure point. We naturally hope that our flagship will return permanently in the future.”
Passenger Capacity and Class Configuration on the Emirates A380
The Emirates A380 had been absent from Vienna since August 2022. This reintroduction is a part of Emirates’ dynamic and demand-oriented fleet planning, making Emirates the only airline to serve Vienna Airport with the A380. The airline’s evening flights EK126 and EK125 will continue to operate with a Boeing 777-300 ER.
The A380 configuration for the Vienna-Dubai route includes 14 seats in First Class, 76 in Business Class, and 429 in Economy Class. This aircraft change allows for a nearly 40% increase in passenger capacity, underlining the significance of Vienna in Emirates’ network. However, there will be no increase in freight capacity on this route due to the aircraft change.
Emirates, which is the largest operator of the A380, currently has 116 of these aircraft in its fleet, with nearly 90 A380s in service across its global network, connecting destinations such as Bangkok, Mauritius, Denpasar/Bali, and Sydney.